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Man who sexually exploited teens sentenced to 20 years

Sep. 28, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) — A southwest Washington man who pleaded guilty in a scheme in which he enticed and pressured teens into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Joshua Punt, of Ridgefield, pleaded guilty...

5 Missouri boarding school employees charged with abuse

Sep. 28, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri prosecutor said Tuesday he has charged five employees of a private Christian boarding school with abusing students — far fewer than the number of charges recommended by state investigators. The five employees of the Agape...

Nurse gets probation for role in teen's death at youth home

Sep. 28, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former nurse charged in the death of a teenager who was restrained at a Michigan youth home has been placed on probation for 18 months. Heather McLogan had no direct role in restraining Cornelius Fredericks at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo,...

Ex-juvenile court judge pleads guilty to child porn charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former juvenile court judge in Wisconsin pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of distributing child pornography. Brett Blomme, 39, a onetime Milwaukee County children's court judge, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years...

Kentucky man gets life in prison for the rape of 2 children

Sep. 28, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky man has received a life sentence for his convictions in the rape of two children under 12, authorities said. A judge followed the recommendation of a jury when she handed down the sentence Monday for Joshua Turner of Park Hills,...

Priest resigns as high school chaplain after sex allegation

Sep. 28, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A priest has resigned as chaplain of a Catholic high school in northeastern Indiana after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor, the local diocese says. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said Monday in a statement that it learned...

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

Sep. 28, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls. And that, say accusers and others who have...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

Police: Assault rifle used in 7-year-old's death in 2016

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — An assault rifle was used in the death of a 7-year-old girl in 2016 as she slept inside a home, a North Carolina police department said Monday. A’yanna Allen was shot and killed Dec. 4, 2016, as she slept in a bedroom she shared with her...

Topeka priest suspended after allegation of sexual abuse

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic parish in Topeka has been suspended from his public duties after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the archdiocese for northeast Kansas announced Monday. The Rev. John Pilcher of Mater Dei parish denies the...